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Efficient Reading: Bi-Weekly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Energy Efficiency Group in Energy Central- December 26, 2019

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At Energy Central, we know that you only have so much time in your busy days to keep up with the important industry news. For that reason, we thank you for spending that precious time and energy catching up on the utility industry happenings via our communities of utility professionals, and starting today it will become easier to be efficient in this process: introducing ‘Efficient Reading,’ the bi-weekly digest of the best and most engaging content that gets submitted to our Energy Efficiency Community.

As Community Manager, I’m going to be highlighting the top stories, the most compelling debates, and the content you’ll want to make sure you didn’t miss if you happened to have a busy week and been pulled away from the day-to-day tracking of efficiency stories. Keep reading to find what stories and topics have been gripping our Energy Efficiency community members over the recent weeks, and use this as an opportunity to add your voice to the mix by commenting on those stories, sharing them out with your networks, or even suggesting which stories should be included in future issues of this digest!


Matt Chester

Community Manager


Getting to Know  Your Expert Interview Series: Rafael Herzberg, Expert in the Energy Efficiency Community

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To kick things off, I want to reshare an entry in Energy Central’s ‘Getting to Know Your Expert’ interview series, this time with Energy Efficiency expert Rafael Herzberg. If you haven’t been following this series, I’ve spent recent months interviewing people who are already established in the Energy Central network of experts, one of the most valuable aspects of the community available to all our members, with the goal of shining a light on just how valuable the expertise and experience from these fellow members can be to you.

Rafael is a great example of this expertise, as his work as an energy subject matter expert and energy consultant in Brazil brings a fresh perspective to Energy Central’s discussion. I highly recommend reading through his answers on questions about the difference between the Brazil utility industry from that of North American utilities, the importance of efficiency as a business proposition, and how to affect change in energy executives.

Redefining Energy Podcast: Green Datacenters, Interviews with Google and Microsoft

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A topic that’s come up in the Energy Efficiency group with some frequency lately is the large amount of energy required to run massive data centers and how many of the tech giants are harnessing energy efficiency strategies to mitigate those costs and energy needs. Another trend on Energy Central recently has been the increased use of podcasts as a discussion and content method. These two come to a head with this great podcast from Gerard Reid and Laurent Segalen, and they even score interviews with reps from Google and Microsoft on the topic. Definitely recommend checking this podcast out for your commute or next time you’re at the gym!



Defining ‘significant conservation of energy’ – DOE sets the bar for future regulations

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The eyes of the energy efficiency industry have rightfully been on the U.S. Department of Energy recently, with the rollback of certain efficiency regulations from the Trump administration and other decisions that will have immense impacts immediately and on industry moving forward. In this post, Matt Bowgren shares insights into the recent ruling at DOE that determines what is meant when rulemakings dictate measures me taken if they can create “significant conservation of energy.” That ambiguous term is trying to be more defined and nailed down, and the impact on future energy efficiency regulations can’t be overstated. Matt does a great job discussing the impacts and implications are, both immediately and more broadly.


Electric Utilities’ Energy Efficiency Progress in 2019

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A last post of note comes amid the tendency of December to be a time to look back upon and reflect on the year that just was. Ralph Cavanagh of the NRDC does just that in analyzing what the electric utility industry has accomplished in 2019 when it comes to new and more expansive energy efficiency programs. As trusted energy advisors, utilities are uniquely positioned to create and implement efficiency for their customers, so this is a spot that really requires looking back and analyzing. If you want to look back on 2019 and set yourself up for what to look forward to in utility energy efficiency in 2020, you should start here.


That’s it for this first edition of ‘Efficient Reading.’ See you in this spot in two weeks to go over the great content that will be coming between now and then!


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